SINCE 1992 THE ALLIANCE HAS PRESENTED THE WATKINS AWARD TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AMONG YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES.
The National Alliance of African American Athletes was at a organizational crossroads. Stunned by the sudden death of co-founder Franklin D. Watkins. The group was committed to continuing the work Watkins had begun to mold, and equally committed to never forgetting the many contributions he had already made. It was decided that Watkins memory would be perpetuated by the National Alliance of African American Athletes by honoring a student with a trophy bearing his name annually
As unavoidable role models on the “image” front lines, talented athletes-especially in football, basketball and baseball-define what the emerging generations of African-American males will value, and the aspirations they will have. The Watkins Trophy Award is a means for recognizing exceptionally talented African-American male athletes who, by their example, help promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service.
The Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award was initiated in 1992 to promote academic excellence among young African-American males. Since 1992, high school seniors have been honored with the title “Premiere African-American Male Scholar Athlete”
The true significance of the Watkins Trophy Award can be captured in one word- “EXPECTATION”. Watkins Trophy Award finalists are expected to be leaders in efforts to empower and improve disadvantaged communities. It brings young men face to face with the reality that through sports, they have an opportunity and an obligation to do more for their communities. What they do and say will transcend sports and have a major impact on society.
The Watkins Award has become the preeminent award bestowed on the top High School Scholar Athlete in the Nation. The finalists are chosen based on their:
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